Listening to Whales

Listening to Whales

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In Listening to Whales, Alexandra Morton shares spellbinding stories about her career in whale and dolphin research and what she has learned from and about these magnificent mammals. In the late 1970s, while working at Marineland in California, Alexandra pioneered the recording of orca sounds by dropping a hydrophone into the tank of two killer whales. She recorded the varied language of mating, childbirth, and even grief after the birth of a stillborn calf. At the same time she made the startling observation that the whales were inventing wonderful synchronized movements, a behavior that was soon recognized as a defining characteristic of orca society. In 1984, Alexandra moved to a remote bay in British Columbia to continue her research with wild orcas. Her recordings of the whales have led her to a deeper understanding of the mystery of whale echolocation, the vocal communication that enables the mammals to find their way in the dark sea. A fascinating study of the profound communion between humans and whales, this book will open your eyes anew to the wonders of the natural world. From the Trade Paperback edition.With the help of his new organization, the Human Dolphin Foundation, Lilly hoped to use computers to take a great leap forward ... Yes, hea#39;d gotten my package. ... An avocado grove surrounded their elegant, low-lying house, which was built to make the most of the cool ocean breeze. Cascades of red and Pacific white-sided dolphin orange bougainvillea bushes shaded the porches, and 23 LISTENINGanbsp;...

Title:Listening to Whales
Author:Alexandra Morton
Publisher:Ballantine Books - 2008-12-30


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